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The Music Lover's Literary Companion
by Dannie Abse
This book contains most of the best imaginative writing about music and musicians by authors present and past.
Paperback, 330 pages
Published February 1st 1991 by Robson Books
(first published September 30th 1988)
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A bit of a curate's egg. The contents include poems, essays, excerpts from novels, etc. There are some excellent pieces, including several about Beethoven (Wagner's account of his fictitious 'pilgrimage' is included), good excerpts from works by Elias Canetti and Thomas Mann, and Bernard Levin's life-threateningly hilarious 'The Year of the Missing Lemon Juice.' There are also some extremely boring ones by Thomas Hardy, Katherine Mansfield and others. The poetry, too, is various: good stuff from ...more